$370M Mega Millions winning numbers for Friday, December 28, 2018
The Mega Millions jackpot continued to grow after there were no winners for the Christmas night drawing. The estimated jackpot is now $370 million with a cash option of $223.2 million, before taxes.
Here are the winning numbers:
9, 38, 37, 10, 25 with Mega Ball: 21
The last Mega Millions jackpot, $1.537 billion, was won on October 23, 2018 , however, the ticket-holder in South Carolina has not come forward to claim the top prize just yet.
The winning numbers for Christmas night were 2, 8, 42, 43, 50 with gold Mega Ball 6.The Mega Millions jackpot continued to grow after there were no winners for the Christmas night drawing.
Mega Millions Winning Numbers Dec. 28: $348 Million Jackpot
The Mega Millions winning numbers for Friday, Dec. 28 are for the largest prize in the last play of the year since Mega Millions started.
Mike Carraggi , Patch Staff
The Mega Millions winning numbers for Friday, Dec. 28 are worth $348 million. The estimated cash payout would be $210.2 million. Friday’s winning numbers are 9, 38, 37, 10, 25 and the Mega Ball is 21.
Lottery officials said Friday night’s is the largest jackpot ever on the last play of the year since the game started in 2002. It’s been picking up steam – Friday night will be the 19th Mega Millions drawing since the record $1.6 billion payout on Oct. 23, when the richest prize in U.S. lottery history was won – although that person has yet to claim their cash. The winning ticket was sold in South Carolina, and there is a more than $900 million cash payout awaiting someone.
Since that record victory, the Mega Millions has been played 18 times, clearing $300 million last week. The Mega Millions game resets to $40 million when a jackpot is won. Then it grows by at least $5 million with every drawing that doesn’t have a winner.
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The odds of picking the correct numbers on five white balls and one yellow ball (the Mega Ball) are one in 302.6 million. No matter how many people play Mega Millions, the chances of winning never change. The chances of winning are based on the number combinations not the number of players buying tickets.
The Megaplier add-on, which costs an extra dollar, increases non-jackpot prizes by two to five times.
Players pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers – five different numbers from 1 to 70 and one number from 1 to 25 (the Mega Ball number.) Players can also use an easy pick feature, where a computer selects random numbers for them. To win the jackpot, a player much match all six numbers.
Players who match some of the numbers could still win some money. Here is the payout schedule for lesser prizes, not including the Megaplier, which is different for each game:
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